China turns 'Great Cannon' on Hong Kong webforum
Beijing is using a cyberweapon to censor social media in Hong Kong
HONG KONG — A Chinese cyberweapon dubbed the Great Cannon is launching DDoS attacks on a Hong Kong webform after years of silence, AT&T Cybersecurity reported on Wednesday.
The internet security developer says analysis indicates that the Cannon begin attacking the webforum named LIHKG in August.
According to AT&T Cybersecurity, Hong Kong activists have been using the forum to coordinate protests.
The Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto reported previously that the Great Cannon represents a "significant escalation in state-level information control."
The Great Cannon then uses the code to send numerous requests to overwhelm the targeted domain's resources and to make it unavailable.
According to AT&T Cybersecurity, Great Cannon caused global disruption in 2015, when it was deployed against Github and the online freedom group GreatFire.org.
The security firm says that the Chinese-language news website Mingjingnews.com was attacked from two years ago and that it expects more attacks against LIHKG.
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